All seventh grade students were recently invited to an assembly held at Lake Shore Middle School.
Sue Conners, the founder of the Tourette Syndrome Association and a former French teacher for Williamsville schools, visited Lake Shore, to talk to the students about differences.
She said that no two people are the same, and allowed students to come up with ways in which they are different from those around them.
She also spoke about genetics and individuals’ inability to control things like height, hair color or freckles.
Conners allowed the kids to point out things that she was doing that caught their attention; she then shared with the group that she has Tourette’s.
She talked about sensitivity toward those that are different and pointed out that, by asking questions and understanding before judging, acceptance will come easier.
The presentation went with the school district’s stated initiative to stay “bully free.”